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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Science holds answers The Odar Kapids Gazette: Sun.. July 7, 1974 Hunger specter can be fought By Norman Cousins !f human race be nnly a years away from a famine lhat could claim l.-nsof millions The natural questions iv anvthinr ti> aver! if Some fatalists cimiciul lhat the I'liruslmm disaster is already beyond reach and that the iuaj. -dreaded uu m population already readied ,TISN proportions. Here are the main par- ticulars of their pessimism I India is already in a critical f.iod- defu-ii condition, with floods northeast and drouths in the heartland 2. Roodinc in Bangladesh lias washed crops and depleted tlie soil. :i Southeast Asia has been fa Hint; behind in per-capita rice production. The famine areas of Africa are spreading. The present relief missions are unable to keep up with the increase in starvation. 5. N'o single (actor in the world fond shortage is as critically important as Un- availability of low-cost fertilizer. It takes approximately one Ion nf petroleum to make one ton of fertiliser Hence, there is a direct connection between the world's nil shortage and the world's food short- age. fi. The United Stales, one of the world's largest suppliers (if .soybeans, may be forced to reduce its soybean crop because of the demand for increased grain. Taking all these somber factors into account, pessimists see little prospect of preventing a famine of unprecedcntod dimensions within five years at the It is an insult to the human spirit and intelligence, however, to accept this ver- dict of grim inevitability. The real ques- tion is not whether we have the means to avert mass famine but whether we and other peoples are prepared now to give high priority to this purpose. We have proved we can sustain life un the moon. We need not accept defeat in sustaining life on earth. Does anyone doubt that if enough human beings mobilize to fight famine with the same energy and intensity they mobilize to fight war the starvation of 250 million people can be prevented? -.Ik.. 'At least the dumb animals prepare for a rainy day' Norman Cousins Here are some of the things that a worldwide mobilization against hunger might do: 1. Expand and intensify research in "nitrogen fixation." Various scientific laboratories throughout the world are now conducting research on means for fixing nitrogen in the soil. The most im- portant such research is being carried out by scientists of the C. F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. If this research is successful, it will go a long way tow-ard easing the world's fertilizer shortage. Governments should assist In whatever extent may be necessary. 2. Wide-ranging experiments in "weather modification" now being carried out by U.S. military planners should be switched over entirely to weather control for agricultural pur- poses. Whatever military "secrets" may now exist for preventing protracted dry spells or excessively heavy rainfall should be shared with world scientists and made the basis for dramatic long- term planning in order to avert famine conditions. 3. There needs to be greater pooling of information for increasing the per-capita production of relatively small farms. All these efforts, of course, should be worldwide in nature. A world food authority should be empowered to carry out a mobilization against famine. The United Nations has been able to develop a world environmental agency for halting the poisoning of the world's oceans and air shed. There is no reason why a similar agency should not be created in order to meet the agricultural crisis now confronting the human race. There is no point in minimizing the difficulties in the way of such a program. But neither ought we to minimize the human capacity for achieving the seemingly impossible whenever the moral imagination is fully engaged. Los Angeles Times Syndicate Opinion Page Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments Bad guys furn good Overtampering with history By Jenkin Lloyd Jones IT IS TIME to raise the question whether some of our mass media, in their zeal to cure us of delusions of the past, are not producing delusions of the present. .lames Thurber. in "Fables for Our told of the bear who used to get drunk, stagger home, knock over the furniture and scare the wife and children half to death. Then he got religion, became a health and sobriety evangelist and did violent calisthenics that knocked nver the furniture and scared the wife and children half lo death. Thurber's moral was thai over-compensation Rets us nowhere. Thus it was that I pensively on .June II to a two-hour television drama concerning hmv in December, a vicious I'. S. military eoiirl in Manila, under the distant goading of Douglas MacArlhnr in Tokyo, kangarnoed poor .lapanc.se Tomoyiiki Yamashita and hanged him. II was ,1 pretty weepy drama in which the brave, forthright and gentle Yamashita. fiercely defended by the I'. S. military officers who risked their careers fur justice, was thrown to Mil- lions of hate Damn the I1. S. army! Personally. I may have had some ad- vantage over Norman Corwin, the writer of this epic. For I have visited the mili- lary cemelcry in Singapore and noted on Mil- simple gravestones of hundreds of Hrillsh soldiers lhal most succumbed four In five monlhs aflcr Ihelr capture by Yamashita. Ihen called !he Tiger of Malaya In five monlhs gave a calnilaled plan of slow slarvallon n chanci- In work. While underlings like (he notorious Colonel Tsuii may have been responsible for (lie chief iilroclllcs in Singapore, we have (he slalemenl by (ieneral Simiki lhal hi1 pled with Yamashlla In punish these actions but that the latter "feigned ignorance." True, the Americans didn't try Yamashita for Singapore hut for in- cidents occurring while he was Japanese commander-in-chief in the Philippines. Rapes and murders by Japanese naval personnel were the chief complaint, and Yamashita pled that while he had nominal command he had little control. Of course, we wouldn't hang him today. The war has faded. Tempers have cooled. Many of Yamashita's accusers have died of old age. But to lead the young American TV-viewing audience into the belief that Y'amashita wore a white hat and Douglas MacArthur a black one requires a pretty heavy dollop of New Think. In my youth Ihere were no such things as good Indians, ('heap literature. Wild West tent shows and the early movies depicted all Indians as cruel and IreaclHTons, and we moppets in Ihe pop- corn gallery cheered as Ihey bit the dust. A libel'.' Certainly. Hut now Ihere are no bad Indians. The chic of the limes has pu( (he black hats nn Ihe Seventh Cavalry. Young Americans are being taught that when Indians fought they fought only defen- sively. The scalpings, massacres, kid- napings and tortures have been offer- lively plowed under. I have been reading the military correspondence of Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne written on his ill-faled expedi- tion Ilia! ended iu Ihe surrender at Sara- loga in 1777. Jenkin Lloyd Jones Burgoyne lamented to London how the Iroquois moved into his camp arrogantly demanding whisky. He recounts thai when he sought to punish individual In- dians for atrocities such as the murder of Jane McCrca the tribesmen threatened to desert. Said Burgoyne: "I would rather lose every Indian than connive at their enormities." After his exchange, Burgoyne toid the house of commons: "The Indian prin- ciple of war is at once odious and unavailing and if encouraged, 1 will ven- ture In pronounce, its consequences will be severely repented by the present ago and universally abhorred by posterity." The function of a historian is lo perfect history. History written in later years should be better than journalism dealing with Ihe near past, for in the passage of time, perspective should set in. nocimients from both sides are availa- ble. The testimony is more reasoned and complete. But I am wondering if what our children are getting in some of these new assessments of American history, par- ticularly in the movies and on the tube, is mil only not perfection but actually a reverse twist. As in Ihe case of Hu- rt-Formed bear, Ihe furniture is still being knocked over. And Ihe ni-l effect of much of this rewriting is In diminish American heroes, exalt their enemies and lo peddle the idea thai much of what we have proudly hailed was really lhat for which we should have felt guill and shame. If Ihis keeps on long enough, we may come up wllli a whole generation which decides that such a lousy country isn't worth defending. And guess wlm would love that? 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